The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication date: February 26th 2013
Published by: Harper Collins Children’s Books
ISBN: 0007432275
Publication Order
The Name of the Star
The Shadow Cabinet

The Madness Underneath is the second book in the Shades of London series, written by Maureen Johnson.

Official SummaryEdit

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.


When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There's a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London.
Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.

Plot (to be added) Edit




Retroactive Continuity

There are a couple of pieces of backstory and story continuity that were altered or 'ret-conned' after the first book.

The 'Shades'

In The Name of the Star, Stephen sits down to explain things to Rory and says that a 'shade' is another word for 'ghost'. Rory also refers to the term 'Shade' as a synonym for 'ghost':

"This was Alistair, whom I’d come to think of as someone who went to my school—not just some shadow in a tunnel. Or what did they call it? A shade." –Rory, The Name of the Star.

However, in The Madness Underneath, the term 'Shade' is henceforth used to label a person who possesses the Sight or who is a member of the Department of Paranormal Investigations.


Rory likes to tell her new classmates anecdotes about her family back in Bénouville, Louisiana. The most frequent subjects of these stories are the eccentric members of her own family. In The Name of the Star, Rory refers to Diane as 'Cousin Diane'. Rory also refers to her as 'Cousin Diane' for the majority of The Madness Underneath. However, at the conclusion of Chapter 22 she is mentioned as 'Aunt Diane'.

Alternate Book Cover

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